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SBU College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Admission & Application Requirements

Admission

The MSN program has an open-enrollment application process. Students may apply to enter the program year round. After admission requirements are met students will be mailed a MSN Admission Acceptance packet that includes information on the required MSN program orientation course, on-site program orientation date & time, how to access their courses, name and contact information of their academic advisor, information on how to self-register for courses, as well as other important program information.

Admission to Unclassified Status

Students who do not wish to pursue a degree but who are eligible for graduate study may take up to six graduate credit hours in the College of Nursing.  The ability to transfer credit for the courses completed toward the graduate program at SBU, or another college or university, depends upon the course of study provided at the time of transfer by the receiving program.  Applicants who have not completed the application process are also placed in this status until requirements are met.

Admission Policy, MSN Program

In addition to admission to the university, all graduate degree-seeking students must formally apply for admission to the College of Nursing graduate MSN degree program. Applicants must complete the following for acceptance into the MSN degree program.

  • New MSN students must first apply to SBU Online – or print and complete the SBU university graduate application.

Print, complete and return the application(s) and all documents listed on the application to:
Attention: MSN Admissions
Mercy College of Nursing of SBU
4431 S. Fremont
Springfield, MO  65804

Admission Criteria for Existing SBU Student

  1. Submission of Application to the graduate program in nursing
  2. Satisfactory completion of undergraduate courses in health assessment, pathophysiology, and statistics
  3. GPA of 3.0 or better in nursing course work; If a student's GPA is less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required.
  4. BSN from an accredited college or university
  5. Licensure as registered nurse in the State of Missouri or eligible for licensure in the State of Missouri
  6. Submission of the following documents (if expired):
    1. Current RN license
    2. Current CPR card
    3. Photo/ID Driver's License
    4. Certified Background Checks
      1. Family Care & Safety Registry Background Check ($5)
      2. Urine drug screening verification ($40)
    5. Immunization records form and verification of immunizations
    6. Current RN liability/malpractice insurance verification

Admission Criteria for a New Applicant with the BSN Degree:

  1. Submission of Application to the graduate program in nursing
  2. Satisfactory completion of undergraduate courses in health assessment, pathophysiology, and statistics
  3. GPA of 3.0 or better in nursing course work; If a student's GPA is less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required.
  4. BSN from an accredited college or university
  5. Licensure as registered nurse in the State of Missouri or eligible for licensure in the State of Missouri
  6. Submission of two reference forms from faculty and employer or others who can address the applicant's potential to succeed in graduate study (forms are provided)
  7. Submission of an essay (no longer than 2 pages) outlining how a MSN will facilitate the accomplishment of         the applicant's professional goals and career path
  8. Official transcripts submitted from all prior nursing programs – must be sent directly to the College of Nursing (Attn: MSN Department)
  9. Submission of the following documents
    1. Current RN license
    2. Current CPR card
    3. Photo/ID Driver's License
    4. Certified Background Checks
      1. Criminal Background check form
      2. Family Care & Safety Registry Background Check ($5)
      3. Urine drug screening verification ($40)
    5. Immunization records form and verification of immunizations
    6. Current RN liability/malpractice insurance verification

Transfer Credit

Nine graduate semester hours completed at another regionally accredited institution may be transferred and applied to the degree.  These credits must be comparable to courses offered at Southwest Baptist University and must be approved by the MSN Faculty and Dean.

Progression in the MSN Program

Students must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all MSN courses. If a student fails a course with a "D" or below, they will be permitted to repeat the course one (1) time. The student is placed on academic probation by the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The Dean will monitor the student's progress in the program and may prescribe additional support activities to promote student success in the program. Any MSN student who fails two (2) nursing courses or fails the same course twice may not be allowed to progress in the MSN program and can be dismissed.

Degree Checks in the MSN Program

Student progress through the program will be monitored through degree checks with the Registrar office. A degree check will be completed at the mid-point of students program. NUR 5083 – Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice and when students enroll in their final MSN program course, NUR 5523 – Masters Project & Practicum. The degree check is completed at the time a student files their Graduate Intent to Graduate form.  The degree checks are sent by the Registrar's office and forwarded to the student's advisor, program director, and Dean for accuracy, oversight, and validation to ensure program requirements are met prior to graduation.

For more information on the MSN Admission Process please contact:

Charlie Hungerford
Associate Director of Admissions
Southwest Baptist University
4431 S. Fremont, #107
Springfield, MO 65804
Phone: (417) 820-3272 or (417) 328-1853 | Fax: (417) 887-4847
chungerford@sbuniv.edu